Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

May 17, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

“How does one transport a soul? How does one even hold a soul? And what in the name of all that is disturbing did you mean when you said you’re going to teach me how to Kill people?”

The small town of Croak is -surprise!- a portal between this life and the next, and Lex’s Uncle Mort has just recruited her to be the town’s next Grim-in-training. All Lex has to do is go to someone who is technically totally dead already, officially Kill them, have her partner take their soul, and then deposit them happily into the Afterlife.  It’s a public service, really.

But when people start showing up on Lex’s Kill roster with an unknown cause of death and no reason they should be dead at all, she knows something’s wrong. Someone has found a way around Croak’s system and they’re using their power in a way it was never intended. Can she and the other Junior Grims find out who’s behind it before it’s too late?

My Review: Croak was just completely different in a good way. There are surprises for Lex everywhere, including a network of jellyfish who can detect death and an entrance to the Afterlife’s atrium, where you can find celebrity greeters like Abe Lincoln and Edgar Allan Poe hanging out to help usher in new arrivals.

As fascinating as Croak is, though, it’s the rogue killer who really makes you think. When it comes to killing, who gets to judge what’s right and what’s wrong? Can killing ever truly be justified? Who makes the rules and who has to follow them?

Croak by Gina Damico is funny, thought-provoking and just a cool book. If you want a different perspective on life and the afterlife, give it a try.

Katie

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